NEW NIKON 300MM (AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR) – FIRST IMPRESSION
I had the chance to test for the first time this new lens by Nikon (AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR) on the field few days ago. I state that I have never had a 300mm lens among my lenses. This is because I was born as a macro photographer and I often used optical ‘micro’ or ‘wide-angle’ and very little long lenses. However, in recent years, working as a expedition guide in many places I felt the need to have with me a long lens that can allow me to capture different images.
For needs, a couple of years ago, I started using the Sigma 150-600mm sport. Really a good lens with excellent image quality, but at the same time, incredibly heavy and cumbersome. These last features have meant that, at least in my case, this lens was on many occasions really difficult to use. For this reason, I started to look at one valid alternatives to my Sigma sport. I saw the Nikon 200-500mm (AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E and VR FX) definitely lighter than the Sigma but still large and of a certain size. I had also noticed the Tamron 150-600mm G2 but then, talking with a friend of mine photographer, he told me about this new lens.
Initially I was a little skeptical because at first sight it seemed really too small to be as powerful as the old 300mm or equivalent optics … I discarded it from the alternatives. I had also read some bad comments online and although I usually do not consider these comments, I thought about them and verified the sources. It is often difficult to know who did the revision and which knowledge has. It happens many times that there are negative reviews of excellent products actually. However, I decided to try it in particular for its dimensions…This lens, if fact, has almost the same dimensions of the wide-angle Nikon 16-35mm F/4 (see the picture in the gallery below).
My first impression was really amazing. For the moment it was a really good choice. A really handy optics, small size, really sharpness and with a very fast autofocus. Look the original pictures below in the gallery and their crop at a ratio of 1:1. I took these pictures only for this test and not using the photographic rules 🙂 !
In this short article I don‘t want to talk about various tech info as weight, openings, edges and more but I will publish new pictures and some more technical info soon. Stay tuned…!